Explaining etiquette from A (“Applause”) to Z (“Zits”), Alex J. Packer blends outrageous humor with sound advice as he guides readers and explains why manners and etiquette are important—because people who know how to handle themselves in social situations come out on top, get what they want, feel good about themselves, and enjoy life to the fullest.
Full of practical tips for every occasion, How Rude!® is a serious etiquette encyclopedia—and a hilarious read. In 480 pages, this revised and updated edition describes the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations at home, in school, online, and in the world.
|Publisher:||Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Second Edition, Revised, Revised & Updated|
|Product dimensions:||7.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Lexile:||910L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Alex J. Packer received his Ph.D. in educational and developmental psychology from Boston College and his master’s degree in education from Harvard. He has been headmaster of an alternative school for 11- to 15-year-olds and director of education at the Capital Children’s Museum. He is president emeritus of FCD Educational Services, a Boston-based provider of drug education and substance abuse prevention services for schools worldwide. He is also the author of ten books for parents and teens. Alex lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are alot of cruel and rude people in this world and sometimes we know that but just don't want any involvement in that. Its pretty much just oh if you can act rude when i say or ask something then i can too.
“Having good manners involves a lot more than knowing not to drink from the toilet bowl.” This insightful pearl-of-wisdom appears on page 1 of “How Rude,” Dr. Alex Packer’s revised and updated guide to good manners for teenagers, and it’s typical of the style and wit that runs throughout the remaining 500 or so pages. Packer knows that if he has any hope of getting a teen to actually read his book, he needs to be funny and disarming and not be above the occasional dip into bathroom humor. But he also needs to be smart and relevant, and to demonstrate over and over again that his advice about “manners” has nothing to do with how to drink tea or whether or not to wear white after Labor Day. “How Rude” is a practical self-help book that deals with serious life-altering issues like college admissions, job interviews, even matters of funerals and death. But it also tackles useful but less monumental issues such as how to deal with a friend’s dog sniffing your crotch or how to end a conversation with a persistent bore. The style, content, look and layout of the physical book are all specifically designed to play to the teenage brain. Although the tome itself is about the size of an old-fashioned phone book, it feels light and airy, begging to be thumbed through until suddenly an illustration or comment grabs the reader’s attention and begs to be looked at more closely. Every page is broken up with clever illustrations, cartoons, quizzes, “Dear Alex” letters from actual teens, fun factoids, lists of dos and don’ts, rights and wrongs, all written in funky fonts. It’s a design geared for the ADD-skimmer, the know-it-all smartass, and just about every other version of the reading-averse. It also happens to be an engaging read for adults interested in finding out more about the YA world and its trends and mores. “How Rude” is staggeringly comprehensive and well-researched, relying not just on the impressive background of its author but also on extensive surveys with educators, parents, and teenagers themselves. Pragmatic yet fun, philosophical without becoming preachy, “How Rude” is a gem of an advice book for anyone, of any age, fortunate enough to become immersed in its encyclopedia of practical advice and common sense.